MANILA, Philippines — Take it from someone who’s been there: the PBA semifinals will test a first-timer like no other.
Former Powerade coach Bo Perasol, knowing full well what it’s like to be a newbie in the PBA playoffs, offered an important lesson he had learned to another semis rookie Globalport.
“From here on up they will face adversities. This is another level. This is new to the team. The important thing is they will have to remember what took them here,” he said Monday night, January 4. “They will have to stay together, play together – that's what's important.”
Perasol piloted a massive underdog Powerade team all the way to the finals in 2012 PBA Philippine Cup, only to lose to Chot Reyes’ Talk ’N Text in the championship series.
That defunct team has since been compared to the Globalport squad of the present currently facing Alaska in a best-of-7 semifinals of the Philippine Cup.
“First of all they are a guard-oriented team,” Perasol shared the similarities he sees between the two teams.
“During our time we had Marcio Lassiter, Gary David and JVee Casio. Now they have Terrence Romeo, Stanley Pringle and Joseph Yeo. Their triumvirate of guards. And it's similar in that the offense comes from the guards. It's fast, young.”
Veteran big man Doug Kramer was part of that 2012 Powerade team and he, too, reportedly felt some resemblance with Globalport – except that the Batang Pier have “more depth.”
Perasol, who watched from the patron section as Romeo dropped 41 points and led the Batang Pier to a 107-93 win over the Aces in Game 1 of the series Monday, said Globalport should expect bumps on the road.
“Most probably they will experience growing pains since this is their first semifinals,” he said, adding Globalport’s togetherness through inevitable hurdles will be critical given their inexperience compared to their opponents.
“They have championship-caliber players but they have not played together (on this level). It's important to keep it together, stay together.” — Rappler.com